Saturday, January 10

Palm Pre Specs

  • High-speed wireless (EV-DO Rev. A or HSDPA, depending on version)
  • 802.11b / g WiFi with WPA, WPA2, 801.1x authentication
  • 3.1-inch 24-bit color 480 x 320 display
  • Dedicated gesture area below display
  • Slide-out portrait QWERTY keyboard (banana slider)
  • Integrated IM, MMS, and SMS messaging
  • Email: Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft Direct Push Technology
  • POP3/IMAP (Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc). So it does push exchange email, but the rest is not push.
  • Built-in GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.1 EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • High-performance browser
  • 3 megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 8GB of internal storage (~7.4GB user available)
  • USB mass storage support
  • Phone as laptop modem - Bluetooth tethering
  • MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Proximity sensor for detecting when phone is near face
  • Light sensor to automatically dim display
  • Audio Formats: MPS, AAC, AAC , AMR, QCELP, WAV
  • Video Formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264Image Formats: GIF, Animated GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP
  • Ringer mute switch
  • Removable rechargeable battery
  • Width: 59.5mm (2.3 inches)Height: 100.5mm (3.9 inches)Thickness: 16.95mm (0.67 inches)
  • Weight: 135 grams (4.76 ounces)

I must admit, I didn't think anything would compete with the iPhone for a long time yet, but the Palm Pre certainly looks good on paper answering to many of the iphone's shortcomings including a removable battery, thumb keyboard, running multiple tasks and even background tasks, and suposedly based on a much more open and accessible linux based OS that they call Mojo.

It occurs to me, that for as long as I've been waiting get a phone that integrates well with my mac (a need the iPhone filled) that that may be completely irrelevant now since the web is the new OS. This thing syncs with google calendar, contacts and gmail and that's probably more then enough for me.

My hardware related caveat is it's only 8 gigs and I see no mention of a micro SD or other expansion port.

My one network caveat is it's being released first by Sprint. Based on my own experience I'm thinking it's probably not possible for sprint to not f*ck it up.


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